Purple Day 2024 emphasizes the need for global participation in destigmatizing epilepsy and fostering inclusion, with ISSSTE leading initiatives for comprehensive care and societal support.

On Purple Day, marked annually on March 26, ISSSTE General Director Pedro Zenteno Santaella urged global participation in efforts to destigmatize epilepsy and foster social inclusion for those living with the condition. Currently, it’s estimated that 95% of epilepsy patients can achieve significant disease control, highlighting the importance of societal support and access to opportunities for development.

Necessary Care for Patients

Neurologist Cecilia Acosta Murillo emphasized that ISSSTE’s commitment to epilepsy care extends beyond medical treatment to include psychosocial support for patients. Through public education, the institution aims to combat societal rejection and ensure a quality life for those with epilepsy. Murillo also noted her participation in an academic telementry event organized by ISSSTE’s National Mental Health Headquarters, aimed at raising awareness among healthcare providers nationwide.

Understanding Epilepsy’s Impact

Epilepsy is characterized by abnormal neuronal discharges causing various symptoms. Well-known manifestations include generalized seizures, which present as sudden, intense movements and can be managed safely with basic first aid. Murillo provided guidelines on aiding someone experiencing a seizure, emphasizing safety and comfort until the episode passes.

Beyond Epilepsy: Recognizing Batten Disease

The conversation around neurological disorders broadened to include Batten Disease, often mistaken for epilepsy, underscoring the need for specialized care and awareness. The creation of a unique diploma course by the IPN to care for children with autism was highlighted as a step forward in addressing the broad spectrum of neurological conditions affecting individuals.

Purple Day 2024 represents a pivotal moment for epilepsy awareness and the ongoing battle against stigma. With initiatives led by institutions like ISSSTE and supported by healthcare professionals, the future holds promise for those impacted by epilepsy and other neurological disorders. As society continues to educate and advocate, the shadows surrounding epilepsy steadily recede, paving the way for acceptance and comprehensive care.
Source: bnnbreaking.com, Maria Alejandra Trujillo

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